Here is your Saturday Quick tip. This week we are talking about taking care of your sleeping bag. The best way to store your sleeping by laying it flat. But most of us just do not have that kind of room in our house, so the next best method of storing your sleeping bag is by hanging it. This allows the air to circulate and keep the bag fresh as well as maintain the loft of the insulation. It does not matter if it is synthetic or down, the insulation once crushed will tend to stay that way over time. Crushed insulation will take longer to loft when needed and because synthetic fiber have memory, you will, over time lose much of the “R” value of your sleeping bag.
If you can not hang your gear, storing the bag in an over sized cotton bag is the way to go. An extra-large pillow case or bag like that will do. The point is get your bag out of the compression bag and let it air out and maintain its loft.
Remember, you paid a lot of hard-earned cash for that sleeping bag with the hope that it will be there for you when you want a nice comfortable sleep in the woods. Take care of it and it will take care of you.
If you have comments or suggestions, I’d love to hear them.
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